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Put an end to drug firms' gifts

2nd February 2009

The BBC has said a report authored by members of the Royal College of Physicians and drug manufacturers has called for an end to the practice of gift-giving by surgical reps to doctors. 

Dr Tony Calland, chairman of the British Medical Association's medical ethics committee, said: "Treatment decisions should of course always be made on the basis of patients' individual needs. Although it is important for doctors to receive information about new treatments, they must never be, or seen to be, influenced by the offer of any gift or promotional incentive." 

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